The Hanover varsity basketball team has earned its first state tournament berth. On Tuesday, Feb. 21. the Hawks beat the visiting King George Foxes, 75-53. The Hawks were down by 4 at the end of the first period but had pulled ahead 29-25 at halftime. In the third period, Hanover focused on pressure defense and attacked the basket to get to the free throw line. The Hawks went on a 15-3 run to break open the game. Hanover was up 12 at the end of the third and went on to a 22 point victory over the Foxes. The Hawks were led in scoring by Nik Morrison (17 points), Josh Plummer (13 points) and Ryan Payne (14 points). The Hawks showed improved free throw shooting with Morrison adding 12 points from the line and Plummer making 7 free throws.
Hanover will host Smithfield on Thursday, February 23 at 7:00. Hanover earned a berth in the VHSL 4A State Tournament with a win over King George but their seating will depend their finish in the regional tournament. With a win on Thursday, the Hawks will advance to the 4A East Region Championship. Hanover has a record of 11-13 but has won four games in a row, winning the district competition and advancing to the state tournament. Congratulations to the players and coaches!
Photo provided by Lauren Didlake